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Dominican Celebrates First PhD Graduates
by Dan Armstrong
First PhD Cohort
Dominican University celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of doctoral students in library and information science at the university's winter commencement ceremony. 

Four students, Christina J. Ward of Evergreen Park, Amy L. Phillips of Denver, Colo., and Anthony Molaro and Elizabeth P. Garcia, both of Chicago, have completed the PhD in library and information science. 

"We are very proud of these graduates, each of whom is already a high achiever in the field of librarianship," said Susan Roman, dean of Dominican's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. "We are excited to see the new challenges they take on in their careers with the preparation and knowledge this degree in research has given them." 

Ward is a librarian/media specialist at Evergreen Park Community High School. Her doctoral dissertation, "Fiction in the Young Adult Drug Curriculum: Impacts and Impressions," studies the possible affects of fictional accounts of drug use on young adult readers' attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of the risks of illicit drug use. She earned her master's in library and information science from Dominican in 2001 and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois.  

Phillips has worked in a variety of academic, public library and museum settings and currently is developing her own consulting practice. Her dissertation, "Framing the Public Library: The Public Perception of the Public Library in the Media," examines the differing ways librarians and members of the media communicate about today's public libraries. Viewed as an important guiding work for library advocacy, it recently was cited in a Library Journal editorial about effective library advocacy efforts. Phillips holds the MLS from Emporia State University, a master's in history from University of San Diego and a bachelor's degree from University of Iowa. 

Molaro has been associate dean of libraries at Prairie State College since 2011 and has recently accepted a position on the faculty as assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of St. Catherine. He previously served in a variety of academic, public and health librarianship positions. His dissertation, "Merging Large and Complex Library Organizations: A Phenomenological Approach to the Lived Experiences of Those Directly Involved" examines issues surrounding the increasingly common practice of library mergers. A co-founder of the Chicago Deskset and board member of Librarians Without Borders, he was selected as a Mover and Shaker in 2011 by Library Journal. He earned the MLIS from Dominican in 2008 and holds an MBA and bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College. 

Garcia has worked for the Chicago Public Library in a variety of roles for the past 14 years and currently is manager of the West Lawn Branch. She also has served as adjunct librarian at Moriane Valley Community College. Her dissertation, "Information Seeking Behaviors of the School Social Worker: What is the Librarian's Role in the Practice of Bibliotherapy?" examines and contextualizes professional practices of school social workers, their use of bibliotherapy as a counseling technique, and the use of school libraries and school librarians as an information resource. She earned the MLIS from Dominican in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree from University of Illinois-Chicago. 

Dominican University’s GSLIS is distinguished by innovative practice and research and has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930s. The school offers an American Library Association-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, a new master of professional studies degree, and a doctoral degree in library and information science.
Contact: Dan Armstrong - (708) 524-6452 - darmstrong@dom.edu
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